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Sayce report: Getting in, Staying in and Getting on

Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People launched the Department for Work and Pensions Review of existing provisions to help disabled people back into work. 

Liz Sayce, Chief Executive of RADAR chaired the review said:

“I am recommending empowering disabled people and employers by opening up Access to Work, widening access to information and peer support and ensuring support can go with the individual, from job to job, equipping disabled people for the economy of today and tomorrow.  Young people do not expect a job for life – so we need to design support that can go with the individual, from job to job.”


The Sayce report has a strong focus on equality and the economy as support for disabled people via Access to Work initiatives would not only bridge the gap between those with disabilities’ and non-disabled people’s career choices but would also improve the national economy by £13 billion.


Each pound spent on Access to Work recoups £1.48 to the public coffers.


Maria Miller MP explained;

“This review is about spending money differently, not cutting it.  The amount of money going into employment services for disabled people is already being protected. 



A cross-government ministerial group will be introduced to steer the report’s findings and drive policy on employment for disabled people.


The core principles of the Sayce’s report are:

  •  Employment matters. Work is positive for health, for income, for social status and for relationships. Employment is a core plank of independent living and for many people work is a key part of their identity.
  • Public money should be used to deliver the best outcomes – for as many people as possible, on the most equitable basis possible.
  • There should be a clear recognition of the role of the individual, the employer and the State in achieving equality for disabled people.
  •  Disabled people should have choice and control over the support we need to work. Resources and power should be allocated to individuals who, where they wish, have the right to control that resource to achieve agreed outcomes.
  • There is a clear role for specialist disability employment expertise – as a resource not a world apart from mainstream support – available to those who demonstrably have the greatest support needs and/or labour market disadvantage, and also to those who support or employ them.


The consultation period ran from 2nd December to 28th February 2011.  Among the report’s contributors was leading learning disability charity, Mencap, whose Chief Executive Mike Goldring CBE welcomed the review:

“We can do much more to help people with disabilities into work in a way that directly benefits them and the wider society. Less than 10% of people with a learning disability are currently employed but we know that most want to. With modest help it is possible for many more people to work in open employment alongside their non disabled colleagues. This is the way that policy and practice should take us.”


Read the Report here:

DWP press room

Kuki Taylor

Research and Communications Officer

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S.W.A.T Press Release

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We have hit 100,000 visitors

Thank you

We started this site in May 2010,

Thanks for your continued visits and support….

Dr. Floyd Millen and the Team at yesMinister

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Bids go in, interim manager and personnel sought, WCA, Apprenticeships

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Thursday 10 February sees your chance to grill a Government Minister about welfare reform

Many people affected by mental health issues are worried about the Government’s proposed changes to the welfare system. The benefits that millions currently receive are to be radically overhauled over the next few years.

But thanks to the amazing work of Rethink campaigners, anyone concerned about these changes now has the chance to hold Chris Grayling MP, Minister for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), to account.

On 10 February at approximately 11.30am, Rethink will be hosting a live web chat with the Minister, and anyone can join in. This is your chance to ask the question that you feel hasn’t been answered.

Post your question in advance, right now, by replying to this topic.


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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 82,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 294 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 298 posts. There were 220 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 44mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 10th with 4,894 views. The most popular post that day was Welfare to Work News Flash!!.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Welfare to Work News Flash!! June 2010


– Work Programme Framework providers announced!! November 2010


The Ministerial Statement IN FULL!! June 2010


– Yes Minister issues apology!!!! December 2010


Breaking News:…. DWP makes announcement! June 2010
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